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We create bold, functional athletic bags for women and fund girls' sports programs worldwide. We believe stronger girls make a stronger world.
Katherine Rock
Los Angeles, California
United States
4 Team Members

NOTE: Bags and our new tees are now available for order on www.activyst.com. Thank you for the support!


25K milestone: soccer field in Nicaragua (Soccer Without Borders)

50K milestone: training programs for soccer team in Uganda (Soccer Without Borders)

68K: female running coach in Ethiopia (Girls Gotta Run)

Buy a Bag, Help a Girl Play Sports

We're on a mission: to help girls play sports by creating awesome athletic bags for women.

Images of the Active bag in use

Sports address many issues girls worldwide face. Studies show a girl who plays sports:

  • Is less likely to get pregnant or engage in risky sexual behavior
  • Is less likely to stay in an abusive relationship
  • Has reduced risk of breast cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases
  • Achieves higher levels of education, and does better in school and work
  • Gains confidence, positive body image, resilience, and leadership skills
  • Is less likely to suffer from depression

Improving girls’ lives in these ways has a ripple effect, impacting communities and... the world. 

Photo of girls holding hands

Why Our Bags Rock

Collaborating with a former designer for Betsey Johnson and bagmaker from Quiksilver, we spent over a year creating a functional, yet fashion-forward bag that meets the needs of active women.

Our first line is made of macen, the "material of the people" in Activyst’s birthplace of Nicaragua and used for everything from hammocks, to harvesting coffee, to transporting goods. Activyst bags are durable, waterproof, have awesome features, and are pretty cute to boot.

Active Bag Features

Our pride and joy, the Active Bag, has pockets for your shoes, yoga mat, laptop and personal items.

Photos of Active bag features

What Our Bags Fund

Through bag sales, we fund non-profits providing sports opportunities to girls worldwide. Having worked in international development, we know that each non-profit partner will have unique needs and goals; so we structure bag sales around meeting those specific needs.

Nicaragua Project (Soccer Without Borders)

Through hitting our 25K milestone in this campaign, we raised funds to help Soccer Without Borders (SWB) Nicaragua build a soccer field and support their community center. These projects address a significant barrier to girls' sports in Nicaragua: lack of safe spaces. SWB Nicaragua reaches 130 girls and women ages 7-25, and serves close to 1,200 girls through school outreach.

 Photo of Soccer Without Borders' future field

Uganda Project (Soccer Without Borders)

SWB also has soccer programs for teenage girls in Uganda. It's difficult to keep the girls enrolled, because of outside responsibilities and pressures to find work. Through our 50K milestone in this campaign, we've raised funds to incorporate vocational training classes into the program, adding value for the girls and ensuring they continue to prioritize involvement in the soccer program.

Girls playing sports and smiling in Uganda

Ethiopia Project (Girls Gotta Run)

Bekoji is an Ethiopian village that has a history of producing world-class distance runners (you've probably seen them in the Olympics). The Girls Gotta Run Foundation is working to make female running a part of this culture. In closing out this campaign at 68K, we will be able to help support the training and funding of Bekoji's first ever female coach!

Girls running in Ethiopia

The Perks

Here's how this works: you contribute, and at the end of this campaign, we go into production and then ship you your awesome "perk" (in most cases, a bag). We also get the funding to our partners to make the above projects happen. So pick one of the perks below and let's do this!

The Signature Perk: The Active Bag

Photos of the Active Bag

Our little baby all grown up - we can remember when it was just a prototype. It reflects a focus on functionality (with pockets for about everything) and simple, bold design. You can use it for the gym, or rock it while walking to work or around town. 18 x 12.5 x 7.5, and available in both colors above.


Other Perks

Out and About Tote Bag

Photos of tote bag

This all-purpose tote combines classic tote lines with the lively color pop of the macen we love. It has an interior zip pocket and two slip pockets, and is super-versatile for the gym or everyday use. Measures 17 x 12 x 6, and available in our turquoise color combo and coral color combo.   

Freshen Up Cosmetic Bag 

Photos of the freshen up bag

This cosmetic bag can fit your shampoos, make-up, hair brush, and other items you use to freshen up. It has an interior zip pocket to keep things organized. It comes in our bright turquoise color combo and coral color combo, and may brighten up your day too. Measures 12 x 6.5 x 2.5.  

The "Activyst Weekend" in California

Picture of view of Manhattan Beach

A weekend of awesome in Manhattan Beach, CA (near LA): You'll stay 4 days and 3 nights at a beach pad 2 blocks from the water, have an ocean view and deck, and get 2 yoga classes, a surf lesson, use of 2 beach cruisers, and an Active Bag. Restaurants, shops, and endless activity are in walking distance.  We're excited to share one of our favorite places, and hopefully meet you too!

Who We Are

Photo of Co-founders - Leigh, Katie, and Blair

We have backgrounds in international development, business, and law. Katie has worked as a corporate attorney, and with the WHO in Nicaragua on a project promoting gender equality in sport. Leigh worked with a non-profit in international development, before getting her MBA and focusing on sustainable business practices within multiple companies. Blair also has a law degree, and has spent years doing management consulting in the U.S. and abroad. 

We love connecting with people passionate about this cause. You can find us online and get in touch with us through the links below. Thanks for helping more girls play!


Email: hi@activyst.com


Twitterwww.twitter.com/activyst #activyst #HelpGirlsPlay


Learn more about the team:  www.activyst.com/team



I'm having trouble with Paypal or am not sure that my payment went through.  What can I do to complete my contribution?

Sorry to hear about the difficulty!  If you're having any trouble at all contributing via Paypal, or if you want to confirm that your payment went through, please contact us at hi@activyst.com.  We'll do everything we can to smooth it out and make it as simple as possible for you!

How do I pick my bag color?

Don't fret! Here is how Indiegogo works: we receive your contact information when you contribute, and after the campaign, we'll reach out to have you confirm the color you'd like.    

What's the timeline for receiving the bags?

Given the many moving parts coming together for the first time in this inaugural production run, we've estimated that we will ship the bags your way in November. Thank you for your support and patience during the process of building this company!

How much of profits goes to girls' sports projects?

We get asked this a lot and here's the short answer: at least 10%. We've studied our finances and know we can contribute 10% and still be sustainable (we need to give our little company what it needs to grow and "learn to fish", so we can continue supporting girls' sports into the future).

The long answer: we want to contribute more than 10%, but can't know yet whether that's possible, and if so, what %.  Here is where the uncertainty comes in: we won't know our production numbers until this campaign is complete.  A large production run means lower costs per bag, and an increased margin for donations.  Lower production numbers means we're working with less margin.  And there are always unexpected start-up costs for which we need to account.

The bottom line is we're a go for 10%, and are working to increase this number as we transition out of start-up phase and approach economies of scale.  

Can you explain more about the bag cost?

We've learned SO much about bag production, and hope that sharing some info sheds light on the price point.  We've got a bit of a "triple whammy" situation: (i) we're making this run in the U.S. (which we love, but is costly) (ii) we're not producing in huge numbers like the big brands out there (which means higher cost per bag); and (iii) we build in a donation (we're committed to having it be a meaningful percentage).  For Indiegogo, we're also including shipping costs.

And then there's the fact that our bags are legit!  We wanted to make products that are quality enough to stand on their own, independent of the cause. The Active Bag is a highly technical bag with many compartments, is sewn together out of 19 different fabric pieces, and includes over 20 different supplies (thread, zipper, snap, velcro... it's loco!) 

In the end, the Active Bag that has all the features that the leading brands' bags do (you know who they are), and, despite our many "whammies", is competitively priced with them too. 

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  • $20USD
    Original Activyst Shout-Out

    Your name will be on our "Original Activysts" website page, where we'll thank all contributors who helped make this happen. (Oh, and this perk includes a donation to Soccer Without Borders.)

    49 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $40USD
    Freshen Up Cosmetic Bag

    This little number fits everything you use to freshen up and may just brighten up your day too. Available in turquoise or coral pattern. Includes Original Activyst Shout-Out and U.S. shipping costs. (Add $17 for international shipping.)

    71 out of 80 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $85USD
    Out and About Tote Bag

    This lively all-purpose tote balances the versatility of a classic tote with the boldness of our Nicaraguan material. Available in turquoise or coral pattern. Includes Original Activyst Shout-Out and U.S. shipping costs. (Add $17 for international shipping.)

    51 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013

    EARLY BIRD - Active Bag

    Hi friends! We're making a limited number available at an early bird rate for those family, friends and facebook fans who supported us early on. You're awesome - thank you! Includes Original Activyst Shout-Out and U.S. shipping costs. (Add $40 for international shipping.)

    40 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $145USD
    Active Bag

    If Activyst bags were our children, this would be our favorite (not that we're playing favorites...). This athletic bag is bold, has pockets for your yoga mat, shoes, water bottle, and personal stuff, and just rocks overall. Available in turquoise and coral pattern. Original Activyst Shout-Out and U.S. shipping costs also included! (Add $40 for international shipping.)

    196 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $240USD
    Full Line (all 3 bags)

    Bag party! With one each of the Cosmetic Bag, Tote, and Active Bag, you'll have a bag for all your adventures, or spares for friends. Includes Original Activyst Shout-Out and U.S. shipping costs. (Add $40 for international shipping.)

    31 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $280USD
    2 Active Bags

    By popular demand, this perk includes 2 Active Bags. Available in coral or turquoise (or one of each). Includes Original Activyst Shout-Out and U.S. shipping. (Add $65 for international shipping.)

    17 claimed
  • $500USD
    Active Bag Team Set

    Four of the Active Bags. This set is ideal for a team, gifts, or a group of friends who doesn't mind a sweet deal. Includes Original Activyst Shout-Out and U.S. shipping costs. (Add $100 for international shipping.)

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $600USD
    Member of the "A Team"

    Become a part of the team: - Get one of the first 10 Active Bags, w/ Limited Edition “A Team” labeling. Summer delivery! - 15% off Activyst purchases for life - Join our 1st Activyst Team Adventure to a non-profit partner site abroad (expenses not included) - Input on future lines (a “place at the table”) - 1st dibs on new lines, prior to public release - Other ways you want to get involved? Fill us in. Includes U.S. shipping costs of bag. (Add $40 for international shipping.)

    2 out of 10 claimed
  • $800USD
    Beach Weekend in California

    A 4-day, 3-night stay in Manhattan Beach, California. Includes lodging 2 blocks from the water with an ocean view and deck, 2 yoga classes, a surf lesson, use of 2 beach cruisers, and an Active Bag. Also includes Original Activyst Shout-Out and shipping cost of bag (U.S. and international). Available May - October 2013.

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,200USD
    Studio Pack Set

    A set of 10 Active Bags for yoga studios, gyms, and large teams. How fun would these look on your shelf? Also includes Original Activyst Shout-Out and U.S. shipping costs. (Not available to ship internationally.)

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $2,500USD
    Let's Talk...

    Want to support Activyst in a bigger way than those above? This is the "choose your own adventure" perk. Some big supporters may want lots of bags while others might want a California trip. Maybe others have ideas of their own. Send us an email - we're open to finding something you'll love to thank you for your generous support.

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